Tourism is one of Berlin’s largest profit drivers and few international tourists, often one-timers, will notice the spike in their hotel bills.
Berlin’s city government has decided to put a 5 percent tax on tourist hotel stays from this summer, part of efforts to shore up the German capital’s finances.
The so-called “city tax” is to be charged on overnight stays in hotels and other accommodation such as youth hostels and camping sites starting July 1. Business-related stays are being exempted, however.
It wasn’t immediately clear how the authorities would differentiate one visitor from another.
Berlin has become a popular city break destination over recent years. Its importance has also risen as a result of the German government’s move from Bonn in 1999.
The city government said Tuesday it hopes to raise 25 million euros ($33 million) a year from the levy as it tries to bolster its finances.
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